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Ensuring Cash Assistance and Emergency Interventions Reach Palestine Refugees in Syria
31 July 2017
Continuous displacement combined with exhaustion, desperation and frustration are taking an enormous toll on Palestine refugees in Syria. There are currently 438,000 Palestine refugees in Syria benefiting from the different services provided by UNRWA. A total of 418,000 are considered extremely vulnerable as they have no steady income and rely solely on the Agency’s humanitarian assistance.
In 2017, the Agency requires US$ 411 million for its humanitarian response to the Syria crisis, of which US$ 329 million will go towards supporting the Palestine refugees remaining inside the country. In response, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) has donated EUR 5 million (US$ 5.4 million) to support of the UNRWA emergency response in Syria.
The seven-year conflict has left hundreds of thousands of Palestine refugees in need of emergency assistance such as cash, medical and food assistance, water and shelter. The ECHO contribution went towards life-saving emergency cash assistance and enabled the enhancement of the Agency’s preparedness and ability to respond to unanticipated emergencies.